The winners of the New Zealand Honda Formula 4-Stroke Championship are heading to the UK this week to take part in the UK's Honda Formula 4-Stroke series finale in Guernsey.
The winners of the New Zealand Honda Formula 4-Stroke Championship are heading to the UK this week to take part in the UK’s Honda Formula 4-Stroke series finale in Guernsey.
The Honda Formula 4-Stroke series has been thriving down under. With the astounding success of the HF4S championship in the UK it was only a matter of time before it was emulated overseas. Sure enough New Zealand now boasts its own HF4S fleet. This year will see the coming together of the two series for the first time.
Greg Brinck and his navigator son Danny will be taking part in the UK finals after winning the inaugural New Zealand Formula Honda Championship. Their amazing prize offers them the opportunity to race alongside the 15 teams competing in the 150hp class at St Peter Port, Guernsey on the 10 and 11 September.
Greg and Danny won the inaugural New Zealand Honda Championship at the helm of their Konica Minolta H3 outfit. Although the New Zealand hulls differ to those used in the UK, all have the same Honda 150hp marine engines. Greg and Danny will take to the helm of the 150hp race boat HM Plant Honda Racing in Guernsey. The New Zealand duo arrives in London on Wednesday 7 September, ahead of the weekend’s races, before flying on to Guernsey to prepare for their UK debut.
“We are both looking forward to the Condor Ferries Grand Prix of Guernsey,” comments Greg. “This really is the opportunity of a lifetime and we are incredibly excited about racing a Honda Formula 4-Stroke 150hp craft. The boats we are used to racing differ significantly from the boats in the UK although the principle of the two series is the same. We have had a fantastic year in the inaugural Formula Honda Offshore Racing Championship in New Zealand and we are now keen to show the UK fleet what we are capable of!”
“We are thrilled to be welcoming the New Zealand Formula Honda winners to the Guernsey finals,” comments Martin Sanders, General Manager Power Equipment, Honda (UK). “This year will see us integrating internationally for the first time, with the arrival of members of the antipodean fleet. It will be interesting to learn how the race candidates differ between the two countries. Greg and Danny should expect an exciting weekend of racing and a very warm welcome at the Condor Ferries Grand Prix of Guernsey. On behalf of the series I wish them the best of luck.”
Saturday 10 September
1315: Honda Formula 4-Stroke 150hp championship: round nine
1400: Honda Formula 4-Stroke 225hp championship: round nine
Sunday 11 September
1300: Honda Formula 4-Stroke 150hp championship: round ten
1400: Honda Formula 4-Stroke 225hp championship: round ten